We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Dolphin Motel

Hotels.comUS$ 138*
View Deal
#11 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
11/06/2017 12/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
US$ 138*
US$ 138*
US$ 138*
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
View Map
Add a photo
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

1,101 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
There are newer reviews for Dolphin Motel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 976: English reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2012

We enjoyed our stay here in early March. I had reviewed the motel via Trip Advisor and was fully aware of what to expect. Yes, the rooms are small but they are super clean and sufficient if all you need is to rest your tired body. You cannot beat this location and what they offer! Since we were out and...

3Thank livitup10
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about us! We do appreciate you staying Sorry to hear about the room next to you early in the morning Please be advise you can always call us from your cell phone in the rooms as some guests do in the past and we will keep the noise level down....

Reviewed 17 March 2012

I'm actually currently at the Dolphin Motel, visiting San Diego for my first time, and this place has been wonderful. WiFi, breakfast, and fresh towels and clean rooms each day. Very friendly staff, and a pretty good deal. I haven't spent time in my room except for sleeping, and if you're a diva the room may be too small, bed...

4Thank megfaceee
DolphinMotel, TOM, DESK CLERK at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

We also want to reiterate that Tripadvisor measures hotels/motels based on customer satisfaction and not “3-star, 4-star, 5-star, etc”. Please be advised to all our viewers that we are not a luxury 5-star resort place, nor do we advertise as such. We are a budget motel that can save the traveler money while still providing cleanliness, and a good night’s...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 March 2012

This is a great, independent motel. The owners and staff are incredibly helpful, making people feel welcome and going out of their way to help their guests, from restaurant recommendations to help with wifi problems (ours not theirs!) and tourist spots. The rooms are clean and bright with white sheets etc. The rooms aren't huge but are perfectly adequate and...

3Thank roadbum17
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

CHEERS guys! If our guests are looking for is a room to sleep in and not to stay in the room all day, then we are just the right motel for them! We are a family-owned business with a personal feel. You are not a number here, you are a close friend! Cleanliness is a must in all places: whether...

Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Reviewed 13 March 2012

Nice place to stay. Friendly, helpful staff. Good continental breakfast in outdoor courtyard. Clean rooms. Has a very retro feel to it. Nice Point Loma / harbor location. Very easy to get to; safe location. Don't miss Sunset Cliffs! We loved it and would definitely stay again next time in San Diego.

1Thank Therese K
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Glad you made it back soundly to Kansas, We did remember when you went jogging in the morning during breakfast Thank you so much for taking the time to comment about our motel Hope you come back to San Diego in the near future!

Reviewed 12 March 2012

We arrived tired and cold after a long 2 days at Disneyland and were so grateful to get into a comfy, warm, CLEAN room. The motel is in a great area, peaceful and safe and we woke up to a great view of the harbour the next morning. The free breakfast and wifi are huge bonuses (blueberry muffins - lovely!!)...

2Thank small2006
DolphinMotel, Owner at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Cheers! for writing a review about us! If I am not mistaken, you guys talked to us about getting a Southern California Adventure Pass for Disneyland, Sea World, Zoo, etc It is really good for the family considering the tickets costs alot if you buy them individually. Really glad to hear you had a great time, sunshine, warm weather, friendly...

Chicago Illinois
Reviewed 11 March 2012

This place is like a throw back to the way motels look in old movies. We stayed here two nights. Very friendly helpful staff. They gave great recommendations for things to see outside of the usual. Nice location. Right across the street from the pier. We went for an early morning walk & saw fisherman bringing in the Yellow Tuna!...

1Thank 80hours
Reviewed 10 March 2012

So...If you wanna B%T€# and complain...Do them a favor, just don't bother staying here...If you enjoy value, please.....By all means, book TODAY. This place has everything a great little motel has to offer....Friendly staff, nice cozy room, cleanliness, and a place to rest your head at days end. (I recommend Cabrillo Monument. It's AWESOME!!!!) I personally, don't see why people...

2Thank misledandliberated
DolphinMotel, TOM, Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about us. We haven't lost a GPS yet because all our customers here are good people. Our value is based on integrity and simplicity. Sometimes, in other places there may be a great distance between the customer and management but here the owners come to work every day. And can...

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 9 March 2012

We just returned from a trip to San Diego to celebrate our three year wedding anniversary. As graduate students, we are on a tight budget. We chose the Dolphin Motel because we had heard it was a nice place to stay with great prices. We were really impressed! The owners and staff we incredibly friendly and helpful. Definitely top-notch service!...

2Thank Emily N
DolphinMotel, TOM, Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Hello Emily, You guys are just the travelers we love to stay with us! You are very intelligent to have done research prior to going on vacation and save the extra money for other things while on vacation I agree with your ideas and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 9 March 2012

I would recommend this motel for comfort, location, and safety!

1Thank havilon
DolphinMotel, TOM, Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Sweet and simple. Love it! Thank you so much!

Salt Lake City, Utah
Reviewed 7 March 2012

Drove to the Dolphin from the San Diego Airport in 10 minutes! We arrived later in the evening and were happy to have our keys handed to us almost as we walked in. The rooms are small, but VERY CLEAN. Great linens. Breakfast is served in the small courtyard and consists of muffins, yogurt, juice, bananas, and coffee. Just right!...

3Thank Marilyn A
DolphinMotel, TOM, Desk Clerk at Dolphin Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much Marilyn! As always, since you guys have done some research, you always weigh the best balance and what you need. The room you recommend is by far our most popular room! it is filled up every day throughout the year! By popular demand please reserve early (like 2-3 months ahead). We also have other rooms upstairs...

370 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (266)
Hotel & Grounds (53)
Room/Suite (50)
Dining (15)
Pool/Beach Area (6)
View from Room (19)
Family/Play Areas (2)
Bathroom (10)
Other (111)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

All TripAdvisor Photos (101)
Double Room (34)
Single Room (32)
The Hotel (35)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (3)
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Other (1)
11/06/2017 12/06/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these San Diego hotels
The Pearl Hotel
#23 of 279 in San Diego
964 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Kings Inn San Diego
Kings Inn San Diego
#35 of 279 in San Diego
2,020 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Highly Rated - Very Reasonably Priced - American Owned and Operated Budget Motel since 1976. Budget very clean rooms with top rated beds, refrigerators and great showers! Best Price! Budget Value! Great location - one block from San Diego Harbor and minutes from the Airport - Seaword - Downtown - Zoo - Beaches and more! Friendly - professional staff ready to help with directions - boarding passes, etc. Every morning say hello to our staff over continental breakfast. - Please see over reviews. Thanks ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dolphin Motel

Address: 2912 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106-2770
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: ₹ 6,335 - ₹ 11,830 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity and Orbitz so you can book your Dolphin Motel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Dolphin Motel San Diego
Dolphin Hotel San Diego
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#4 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#7 Family Hotel in San Diego
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#44 Business Hotel in San Diego
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Dolphin Motel staff and other travellers.
6 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Dolphin Motel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“You can ask the management to provide you harbour facing room while doing the booking”
, 10 May 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in room 29 in the corner and slightly away from the road.....it was very quiet.”
pauljC2226JM, 1 May 2017 | Read review
“Room #5 is near my parking”
johnnW9684TT, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a Harbor view room.”
joecQ6425RD, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“room with a view of the harbour”
tdtaan, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
US$ 138* /night
View Deal
TravelocityUS$ 138
TripAdvisorUS$ 138
Orbitz.comUS$ 138
View all 5 deals
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Change dates